Obama-GOP tax bill passes key Senate hurdle

Obama-GOP tax bill passes key Senate hurdle

Far-reaching legislation to avert a Jan. 1 income-tax increase for millions won overwhelming support in a Senate test vote on Monday, backed by an uneasy and unusual alliance between the White House and lawmakers in both parties. Even before the vote was complete, President Barack Obama said the show of support “proves that both parties […]

North Korea threatens South with nuclear war

North Korea threatens South with nuclear war

North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean cooperation could bring a nuclear war to the region, as the South began artillery drills amid lingering tension nearly three weeks after the North’s deadly shelling of a South Korean island. The South’s naval live-fire drills are scheduled to run Monday through Friday at 27 sites. The regularly […]

Arrests in Afghan attacks that killed six American soldiers

Arrests in Afghan attacks that killed six American soldiers

Several suspects have been arrested after a suicide attack killed six American troops when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. The blast on Sunday was the deadliest attack on coalition troops this month. NATO spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz said Monday that […]

Cowboys almost upset Vick, Eagles

Cowboys almost upset Vick, Eagles

Michael Vick faked a handoff and threw deep to DeSean Jackson, a perfect strike for 60 yards. With that one play, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the Dallas Cowboys a strong message — we’re coming after you. Philadelphia kept coming, mostly with big plays. Jackson turned just four catches into 210 yards and LeSean McCoy ran […]

Arena collapse moves game

Arena collapse moves game

Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings‘ medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going. The Vikings’ home game against the New York Giants was moved to Monday night in Detroit after the Metrodome‘s inflated roof collapsed in a […]

A&P files for bankruptcy

A&P files for bankruptcy

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., once the nation’s largest grocer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles with enormous debt and increased competition from low-priced peers. The 151-year-old company, based in Montvale, N.J., operates 395 stores around the Northeast under the A&P, Waldbaum’s, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh, Pathmark and […]

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

Can Obama reconnect with independents?

In political terms, President Barack Obama‘s tax-cut compromise with Republicans amounted to a step toward luring back independent voters whose support he needs to win re-election in 2012. Never mind that the deal alienated his liberal base; there’s no clear alternative Democrat to run against him. Perhaps more likely is a bid by an independent […]

With dream act shelved, illegal immigrants look beyond 2012

With dream act shelved, illegal immigrants look beyond 2012

The illegal immigrants who more than a decade ago were just teens hoping to forge a legal path to citizenship are vowing to make the Dream Act a campaign issue come 2012, even though they’ll likely be too old to benefit if the law ever passes. The measure that passed in the House on Wednesday […]

Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards recalled her Saturday as an idealistic law student who challenged professors, a political sage who offered advice at every turn and a matriarch who comforted her family even as she was dying of breast cancer. Edwards’ funeral drew hundreds to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she once mourned […]

Are you ready for an eight-state blizzard?

Are you ready for an eight-state blizzard?

Much of the upper Midwest braced for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall Sunday as the National Weather Service warned of blizzard conditions spanning parts of eight states. The heavy storm was moving eastward a day after it dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of the region, forcing numerous road closures and even postponing for […]